My kids always feel the same about going to school, but when I told them they’d be going to a different kind of school—ski school—well, you can imagine their excitement. My husband and I are skiers, and we always wanted to introduce our kids to skiing and vowed that this winter would be the year. So when a recent snowstorm happened and a sunny day was in the forecast, we decided to give it a try. We chose Jack Frost Ski Resort because I had been a few times pre-kids, and now, with kids in tow, I was looking forward to seeing their family-friendly side. From rentals to well-groomed trails and a great instructor, Jack Frost had everything we wanted, and by the end of the day, my kids felt confident enough to do a bunch of runs solo down the bunny hill (proud mom moment for sure). Read on for more about our day on the slopes and how Jack Frost Ski Resort is a perfect place for families who ski or want to learn.
Featured Photo Credit Taken at Jack Frost Ski Resort
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A family-friendly ski day for beginners and pros
Situated just a few hours from New York City and about an hour from Philadelphia, Jack Frost Ski Resort opened in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania in 1972 and has been catering to generations of families ever since. After a drive of a little over two hours, we arrived, and there was plenty of snow on the ground and clear paths to get to where we needed to check in. The resort was easy to navigate, and the staff was accommodating along the way. Because my husband and I haven’t skied in years, and the kids had no experience, we made our first stop at the rental shop on site.
Getting into gear
The rental shop was decorated with a rainbow array of ski equipment. Once in the shop, there are options to rent ski boots from children size 7 to adult size 16. Skis are available from the length of 70cm to 170cm, snowboard boots from children size 13 through adult size 14.5, and snowboards from length 80cm-165cm. Our whole family rented ski boots and skis, and my husband and I also picked up poles. Poles are not recommended for ages 10 and under because children are learning to balance and focus on their form first. It was easy to find the right fit, and it wasn’t long before we were out on the mountain.
Making magic on the mountain
Jack Frost Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 2,000 feet, a base elevation of 1,400 feet, and a vertical drop of 600 feet. Since it was our kids’ first time, we liked the resort’s size—there are a total of 20 trails (4 easier, 6 more difficult, and 8 most difficult)—so it didn’t feel overwhelming. To get our bearings, we sat down and ate the lunch we had brought from home at a picnic table outside while looking at the trail map. We also took a look at the EpicMix App, an interactive trail map with real-time weather, on-mountain GPS, resort and safety information.
After our lunch, the kids were so excited to get their skis on and learn how to go down the bunny hills. They met with their instructor, Eric, who patiently taught them the basics of skiing before going to the mountain. My husband and I snuck a few peeks at them from a distance, and it was so fun to watch their confidence build. We couldn’t believe how confidently they got onto the ski lifts, and by the end of their two-hour lesson, they blew us away with how well they skied down the hill will a real sense of accomplishment. I would definitely recommend ski or snowboard lessons if your child is new to the sport; it not only takes the stress off of trying to teach them but also builds independence. My kids absolutely loved it.
While the kids took their lessons, my husband and I explored different trails, which were well-groomed and easy to navigate. It was a beautiful winter day, and the conditions were ideal for skiing. Since we went on a weekday, it wasn’t crowded, and I found it very peaceful being outside with the only sounds of skis and snowboards in the snow. My husband and I had a blast getting back into skiing (it’s like riding a bike–you don’t forget), and having a few hours to ourselves was also an excellent way to spend the afternoon together.
Overall, we had a great day, and the best part was seeing how successful our kids felt after learning how to ski. It was really amazing to go from starting the day with them wearing their first pair of skis ever to the day ending with them confidently skiing down the mountain and excited to show off their newfound skills. This trip was more than just a family experience—it also taught patience, life skills, balance, taking turns, trying new things, and facing new challenges. We couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend a sunny winter day.
What To Know Before You Go
At Jack Frost Ski Resort, you can book your rentals ahead of time online. Before you go, check the website for a snow and weather report, lift and terrain status, and mountain cams. There are lockers available to store your items—we found that we could fit everything for the whole family in one locker, even back-up dry clothes if we needed them. The mountain recommends helmets for everyone, not just kids, and they can be rented or purchased at the ski shop. Though we brought our food, we did see that there are two full-service restaurants open on-premises. For more of a sit-down and après-ski scene, there’s the E-2000 Bar & Grill and Fiddler’s Fridge. If you want a quick-service restaurant, check out Cafe Frost. And I highly recommend downloading the EpicMix app—it allows you to make reservations and provides an interactive trail map, real-time weather, on-mountain GPS, resort, and safety information. Jack Frost is open 9 AM – 4 PM every day during the season, and if you are looking for night skiing visit their sister site, Big Boulder which opens later in the day and stays open until 8 PM.
Jack Frost Ski Resort
434 Jack Frost Mountain Road, White Haven, PA 18661